Here are the former players that will become eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame between 2022 and 2026...
Alex Rodriguez - A three-time American League MVP, Rodriguez is fourth in MLB history with 696 home runs. However, he admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs from 2001-2003 and was suspended for the entirety of the 2014 season, clouding what would otherwise be a slam-dunk case.
David Ortiz - Perhaps the greatest DH of all time, Ortiz finished his career with 541 home runs and a .931 OPS. With 17 home runs and 61 RBIs, the three-time World Series Champion is also one of the most successful postseason hitters the sport has ever seen. It will be interesting to see if Ortiz reportedly being on what was supposed to be an anonymous list of players who failed PED tests in the 2003 season will prevent him from being inducted.
Ryan Howard - The 2006 National League MVP hit 284 home runs and drove in 859 runs between 2005 and 2011, one of the most dominant power stretches in recent MLB history. That said, Howard was blocked by Hall of Famer Jim Thome, which kept him from playing in a full season until he was 26. The end of his 13-year career was derailed after he tore his achilles on the final play of the 2011 NLDS.
Tim Lincecum - "The Freak" only pitched in 10 major league seasons, but he was one of baseball's top starters at the height of his powers. Lincecum won back-to-back National League Cy Young Awards in 2008 and 2009, and was part of three San Francisco Giants teams that won the World Series.
Prince Fielder - A neck injury cut Fielder's career short, but he hit .286 with 283 home runs and 860 RBIs between 2006 and 2013. Fielder made six All-Star teams in his 12 seasons in the majors.
Jimmy Rollins - "J-Roll" is the Philadelphia Phillies all-time leader in hits and finished his 17-year career with 2,455 hits. The 5-foot-7, 175 pound shortstop won four Gold Glove Awards and the 2007 National League MVP.
Mark Teixeira - Whether he was in Texas, Atlanta, Los Angeles or New York, Teixeria was consistently one of the better first basemen in baseball at his peak. He won five Gold Glove Awards and hit 409 home runs in a 14-year career.
Carl Crawford - Late-career stints with the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers weren't especially fruitful, but Crawford is second in Tampa Bay Rays history in bWAR. Crawford led baseball in stolen bases and triples on four occasions.
Jonathan Papelbon - Across 12 major league seasons, Papelbon recorded 368 saves, which is 10th in MLB history. The six-time All-Star is the all-time franchise leader in saves for both the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies.
Joe Nathan - Also a six-time All-Star, Nathan is eighth in MLB history with 377 career saves. Nathan posted a 1.120 WHIP in 16 seasons.
Jake Peavy - A three-time All-Star, Peavy won the 2007 National League Cy Young Award and pitching triple crown as a member of the San Diego Padres. Peavy had a 3.63 ERA in 15 major league seasons, and won World Series titles with the Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Giants late in his career.
A.J. Pierzynski - A catcher with a strong personality, Pierzynski stuck around at the major league level for 19 years, most notably playing with the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins. He hit 188 career home runs.
Carlos Beltrán - A nine-time All-Star, Beltrán's on-paper statistics are Hall of Fame worthy. In 20 major league seasons, Beltrán slashed .279/.350/.486 with 435 home runs and 2,725 career hits. The only thing that may keep Beltrán out of Cooperstown is the role that he played in the 2017 Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal.
Francisco Rodríguez - With 62 saves in 2008, Rodríguez set the single-season record for saves in his final campaign with the Los Angeles Angels. Having also had notable stints as a member of the New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers, "K-Rod" finished his career with 437 saves, which is fourth in MLB history.
Andre Ethier - The sweet-swinging lefty outfielder spent his entire career with the Los Angeles Dodgers, making two All-Star teams and winning a Gold Glove Award in 12 major league seasons.
John Lackey - Over 15 major league seasons, Lackey was a horse, pitching 195 or more innings eight different times. Lackey won three World Series titles, ones with the Los Angeles Angels, Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs.
Matt Cain - A three-time All-Star, Cain was part of a dominant one-two punch with Tim Lincecum that helped the San Francisco Giants to win World Series titles in 2010 and 2012. Cain threw over 200 innings every season from 2007 to 2012, and ultimately finished his career with a 3.68 ERA.
Jhonny Peralta - Over 15 seasons spent with Cleveland, the Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals, Peralta hit 202 home runs and drove in 873 runs. The shortstop made three All-Star teams.
Huston Street - While he never led baseball in saves in a given year, Street was steady, finishing his career with 324 saves. He won the 2005 American League Rookie of the Year while pitching for the Oakland Athletics, and made All-Star teams as a member of the San Diego Padres.
Jayson Werth - Despite playing just four years with the Philadelphia Phillies, Werth is the franchise's leader in career postseason home runs with 11 October blasts while playing for the team. He also hit 109 home runs and drove in 393 runs in seven seasons with the Washington Nationals.
Jered Weaver - On three different occasions, Weaver finished in the top five in American League Cy Young Award voting, topping out at runner-up for the award in 2011. Over 12 major league seasons, Weaver posted a 3.63 ERA, making three All-Star Game appearances as a member of the Los Angeles Angels.
Adrián Beltré - His greatness was on display for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers over an illustrious 21-year career. Beltré was ranked at the No. 3 third baseman of all time on our countdown, and is certain to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
Joe Mauer - While he didn't catch as long as someone like Yadier Molina, Mauer at his peak was one of the most complete catchers that baseball has ever seen. The left-handed hitting catcher won three batting titles, including when he hit .365 and won the American League MVP in 2009. Mauer -- who also was a three-time Gold Glove Award winner -- was No. 7 on our countdown of the greatest catchers in MLB history.
Chase Utley - His 1,885 career hits will be disqualifying for some voters, but Utley was one of the most dominant second basemen of all-time at the height of his powers. In terms of WAR 7 -- a player's top seven single-season bWAR totals combined -- Utley is ninth among all second basemen in baseball history with a 49.3 fWAR. Utley checked in at No. 9 when we ranked the best second basemen ever.
Bartolo Colón - He won't be a Hall of Famer, but Colón did have tremendous longevity, pitching for 11 different franchises during his 21-year career. "Big Sexy" won the 2005 American League Cy Young Award while pitching for the team then referred to as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Matt Holliday - One of the best players in recent history for both the Colorado Rockies and St. Louis Cardinals, Holliday made seven All-Star teams, won four Silver Slugger Awards and even captured the 2007 National League batting title. For his career, the slugging outfielder slashed .299/.379/.510 with an .889 OPS over 15 seasons.
David Wright - If not for injuries, Wright likely would have gone down as one of the greatest third basemen in baseball history. Even as is, Wright made seven All-Star teams and won multiple Gold Glove Awards. "Captain America" had a 39.5 WAR 7, the 21st best mark among all third basemen in baseball history.
José Bautista - Not really hitting his stride until his age-29 season will prevent "Joey Bats" from being a Hall of Famer, but he was an elite power hitter for a lengthy stretch of time. Between 2010 and 2017, Bautista hit 272 home runs, the most in baseball during that period.
Adrián González - An excellent all-around hitter, González made five All-Star teams and finished his career with a .287/.358/.485 slash line. González -- whose best seasons came primarily with the San Diego Padres -- also was a four-time Gold Glove Award winner.
Victor Martinez - One of the most underrated players of his time, Martinez made five All-Star teams during a 16-year career that saw him play with Cleveland, the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers. In 2014 -- his age-35 season -- Martinez led baseball in both on-base percentage (.409) and OPS (.974), finishing runner up to Mike Trout in American League MVP voting.
Jim Johnson - With 51 saves and a 2.49 ERA, Johnson finished seventh in American League Cy Young Award voting in 2012. Between 2012 and 2013, Johnson recorded 101 saves for the Baltimore Orioles, ultimately finishing his career with 178 saves.
José Reyes - In his first stint with the New York Mets, Reyes was a tremendous table setter, leading baseball in triples and stolen bases on three occasions. The switch-hitting infielder finished his career with 2,138 hits.
Brandon Phillips - A joy to watch hit and play defense, Phillips made three All-Star teams and won four Gold Glove Awards during 11 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds. Phillips' best offensive season came in 2007, when he hit 30 home runs and drove in 94 runs.
Brad Ziegler - In 11 big league seasons, Ziegler twice led baseball in games pitched, doing so in 2013 and 2018. The righty finished his career with a 2.75 ERA in 739 games.
James Shields - While the Chicago White Sox certainly wish they didn't trade Fernando Tatis Jr. for Shields, the righty was a very good pitcher at his peak. Between 2007 and 2015, Shields threw 200 or more innings in each season, helping the Tampa Bay Rays to reach the World Series for the first time in 2008.
CC Sabathia - A six-time All-Star, Sabathia went 251-161 with a 3.74 ERA in 19 seasons in the majors. Sabathia won the 2007 American League Cy Young Award while pitching for Cleveland and the 2009 World Series with the New York Yankees. His absolute peak may have come when he threw seven complete games in 17 starts for the Milwaukee Brewers after being acquired in advance of the 2008 trade deadline.
Ichiro Suzuki - Despite not coming to America until his age-27 season, Ichiro racked up 3,089 hits across parts of 19 seasons in Major League Baseball. Suzuki won both the American League Rookie of the Year and MVP Award in his first season in Seattle, and ultimately made 10 All-Star teams and won 10 Gold Glove Awards. He may very well get 100% of the vote in his first appearance on the ballot.
Dustin Pedroia - After winning the American League Rookie of the Year Award in 2007, Pedroia won the AL MVP in 2008. Knee injuries late in his career likely will prevent Pedroia from being a Hall of Famer, but he did win two World Series titles and four Gold Glove Awards.
Hanley Ramírez - There may be some level of disappointment in how the totality of his career turned out, but Ramírez ranks fourth in fWAR between 2006 and 2010, trailing only Albert Pujols, Chase Utley and Joe Mauer. The version of Ramírez that played for the Florida Marlins was a special talent.
Troy Tulowitzki - In terms of WAR 7, Tulowitzki ranks 20th in MLB history among shortstops. Injuries derailed what would have been a slam-dunk case for the Hall of Fame.
Fernando Rodney - One of the most consistent relievers of his era, Rodney accumulated 327 career saves across 17 seasons in the majors. He wore a lot of different hats, but they were always flipped to the side during a career that saw him make the All-Star team as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays, Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres.
Curtis Granderson - In 16 seasons, Granderson homered 344 times, starring for the Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees and New York Mets. Granderson made three All-Star Game appearances and racked up 1,800 hits.
Ian Kinsler - He probably won't be a Hall of Famer, but Kinsler was a hell of a second baseman in his day. While playing primarily with the Texas Rangers and the Tigers, Kinsler hit 257 career home runs and posted a 47.4 fWAR. In 14 seasons, Kinsler also won two Gold Glove Awards.
Brian McCann - One of the best offensive catchers in recent years, McCann won six Silver Slugger Awards and made seven All-Star teams. With 282 career home runs, there will probably be some who believe that McCann has a real case, but they'll have to weigh him being part of the 2017 Houston Astros team, even if he's much more associated with the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees.
Carlos González - "CarGo" was a tremendously well rounded player at his peak with the Colorado Rockies, winning the 2010 batting title in the National League and making three All-Star teams.
Adam Jones - While he debuted with the Mariners, Jones was acquired by the Orioles in the Erik Bedard trade ahead of the 2008 season and ultimately made five All-Star teams and won four Gold Glove Awards in 11 seasons in Baltimore.
David Freese - He won't draw serious consideration for the Hall of Fame, but there's already plenty of evidence of Freese's career at Cooperstown as well. Freese won the 2011 NLCS and World Series MVP Awards for the St. Louis Cardinals, with his walk-off home run in Game 6 of the World Series going down as one of the more iconic moments in the history of the Fall Classic.
Melky Cabrera - Over 15 seasons, Cabrera played for eight different teams, including spending parts of five seasons with the New York Yankees. Cabrera did make an All-Star team as a member of the San Francisco Giants in 2012, but doesn't have a real case for the Hall of Fame.
Kendrys Morales - While perhaps most famous for breaking his leg after celebrating a walk-off home run for the Los Angeles Angels in 2010, he did hit 213 home runs in 13 seasons. There's quite a bit to be proud of there.
Martin Prado - One of the best super utility players of his era, Prado made an All-Star team as a member of the Atlanta Braves in 2010 and finished his 14-year career with exactly 100 home runs.
Mark Reynolds - Though he did strike out over 1,900 times in his 13-season career, Reynolds also had four seasons where he hit 30 or more home runs, including hitting 44 for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2009. Reynolds finished his career with 298 home runs.
Ben Zobrist - There's a reason that just about every team Zobrist played for was a World Series contender -- he was a special player. While he won't be a Hall of Famer, Zobrist was the best super-utility star of his era. He posted a staggering 8.7 fWAR as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2009, and ultimately won World Series titles as a member of the Kansas City Royals and Chicago Cubs.
Alex Gordon - The No. 2 overall pick in the 2005 MLB Draft, Gordon spent all 14 seasons of his career with the Kansas City Royals. Gordon will go down as one of the best defensive left fielders of all time, having won eight Gold Glove Awards and two Platinum Glove Awards.
Hunter Pence - The style in which he played wasn't exactly by the book, but it sure worked for the four-time All-Star. Pence had stints with the Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers, winning World Series titles with the Giants in 2012 and 2014.
Daniel Murphy - Something of a late bloomer, Murphy hit seven home runs in the New York Mets run to the World Series in 2015, before hitting .334 in his two full seasons with the Washington Nationals.
Neil Walker - The switch-hitting infielder finished fifth in National League Rookie of the Year Award voting in 2010, and won a Silver Slugger in 2014 while playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates. In a 12-year career, Walker also played for the Mets, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees, Miami Marlins and Phillies.
Nick Markakis - One of the better pure contact hitters of his era, Markakis racked up 2,388 hits in 15 seasons split between the Baltimore Orioles and Atlanta Braves. He also won three Gold Glove Awards.
Gio González - A two-time All-Star, González pitched for 13 seasons, throwing 175 innings or more on eight occasions. González posted a 3.70 ERA and 3.68 FIP over 1,933 innings.